Naturalisation as a British Citizen (Intermediate)

CPD Points: 2

Length of course: 2 hours

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About this course

This course was last updated in January 2024.

Welcome to our course on naturalisation as a British citizen! We cover all of the requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen, from residence periods to good character and everything in between. We explain what requirements are mandatory in all cases and which requirements can be waived or varied by the Home Office, with worked examples throughout.

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You can check out the course contents below.

Module 1What is naturalisation?
Unit 1What is naturalisation? 
Module 2Residence requirements and intention to settle
Unit 1Residence requirements for naturalisation 
Unit 2Free of immigration time restrictions: ILR or settled status 
Unit 3Length of residence: spouse or civil partner of a British citizen 
Unit 4Length of residence: non-spouses 
Unit 5Physical presence in UK at start of qualifying period 
Unit 6Breaches of immigration law in the qualifying period 
Unit 7Intention to settle 
Module 3Good character
Unit 1Introduction 
Unit 2Criminal convictions 
Unit 3War crimes, terrorism and other activities contrary to the public good 
Unit 4Financial soundness and notoriety 
Unit 5Deception or dishonesty 
Unit 6Immigration issues 
Unit 7Dealing with the guidance in practice 
Unit 8Exceptions to the good character requirement 
Module 4Age and the knowledge of language and life tests
Unit 1Age 
Unit 2Life in the UK test 
Unit 3Knowledge of English 
Module 5Applying for and getting citizenship
Unit 1Application process 
Unit 2Oath and citizenship ceremony 
Unit 3Bringing a legal challenge 
Unit 4Feedback and final quiz 

Modules within this course..

  1. What is naturalisation?

    Introducing naturalisation including the legal criteria, and the mandatory and discretionary requirements.
  2. Residence requirements and intention to settle

    The qualifying residence requirements, including for spouses and non-spouses, physical presence at start of the qualifying period, absences from the UK during qualifying period, not being in breach of immigration laws and the intention to settle requirement.
  3. Good character

    The different aspects of the good character test, including criminality, breaches of immigration law, and dishonesty and deception.
  4. Age and the knowledge of language and life tests

    Covering the qualifying age requirement and the knowledge of language and life in the UK tests.
  5. Applying for and getting citizenship

    Covering the process of applying for naturalisation, the oath and citizenship ceremony and bringing legal challenges to refusals.
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